Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Looking into scripture, we can see why God captures us in those "gotcha" moments and brings discipline into our life. Hebrews 12:5-11 reads: "And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
Seeing things from God's perspective, then, makes us aware that He is trying to produce holiness in our lives. If He did not love us, He would not care how we lived. However, He proved through the blood of His only Son just how much He loved us. Therefore, he continues to pursue the work of perfecting us through His righteous discipline. Yes, it does hurt and seem painful when we are going through that time of having to face up to our sin. Yet, the peaceful fruit of right living it produces in us is worth the discomfort. I am glad that God calls us up short before we rush head long over a cliff of sin.
Two basic things I have learned over and over again as the Lord has dealt with me. First, there is nothing we can do that ever remains hidden. God uncovers all wrong doing and sin eventually. Secondly, He will bring discipline to the sons/daughters whom He loves. The only way to avoid both of these things is to live in obedience to Him. However, when we stumble, we do have the assurance of His forgiveness when we confess our sins (I John 1:9).